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Women’s Footballer of the Year 2016 shortlist announced

Posted by African Press International on April 24, 2016

BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2016 is open for voting

BBC World Service has today announced the shortlist for this year’s BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award and voting is now open.
The 2016 nominees are:

Gaelle Enganamouit. Club: FC Rosengard, Sweden. Country: Cameroon

Amandine Henry. Club: Olympique Lyonnais, France. Country: France

Kim Little. Club: Seattle Reign, USA. Country: Scotland

Carli Lloyd. Club: Houston Dash, USA. Country: USA

Becky Sauerbrunn Club: FC Kansas City, USA. Country: USA

Mary Hockaday, Controller of BBC World Service English says: “In its second year this award continues to celebrate the best talent in women’s football globally, showing how far the game has come in recent years. Whilst inspiring people about the women’s game it’s a great opportunity for fans around the world to show their support and vote for their favourite player.”

The vote will close on Monday 9 May (0800GMT) and the winner of the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2016 will be revealed on Tuesday 24 May 2016 during Sport Today on BBC World Service at 1530-1600 GMT, on BBC World News and online bbc.com/womensfootball and on BBC social media channels.
The shortlist was selected by a large panel of experts involved in the game from all around the world, including coaches, players, administrators and journalists.

Quotes from shortlisted players:

Gaelle Enganamouit, said: “I’m happy to be nominated for the BBC award – I feel good, I think it’s one more motivation to me to keep working hard to play good football.”

Amandine Henry, says: “I’m not really used to getting individual awards, I have a role on the field where I don’t score goals, it’s a role that’s a little bit in the shadows so to be singled out amongst these great players, [I keep saying to myself wow] this is incredible.”

Kim Little, says: “It’s extremely nice to be nominated again for this award although I’m sure that all the players that are nominated say it’s a team sport, you know everyone contributes, of course it’s nice to be individually recognised.”

Carli Lloyd, says: “It’s an honour, every award I know has been a testament to the team’s success because without the team I wouldn’t be here. Also, just individually knowing that it hasn’t been an easy road it’s taken a lot of work, a lot of sacrifice, a lot of heartache but it’s been worth it and I’m just truly honoured.”

Becky Sauerbrunn, says: “It’s really surprising but it’s such an honour to be in that kind of company with those players because I think of them as just absolute world class so you know every time I play against them I’m just kind of thinking man these people, these ladies are really, really good so to be up there and have my name with theirs it’s wonderful, it’s really unexpected.”

Voting information:

The public can vote online for free on bbc.com/womensfootball

Or you can vote on your phone by SMS to +44 7786 20 20 04.

Text 1 to vote for Gaelle Enganamouit

Text 2 for Amandine Henry

Text 3 for Kim Little

Text 4 for Carli Lloyd

Or Text 5 for Becky Sauerbrunn

Standard international text rates apply. Please check with your service provider. SMS texts are limited to one text per mobile phone number. Further details about the awards and terms & conditions are online bbc.com/womensfootball

Audiences can follow the competition on radio through Sportsworld on BBC World Service, and on the dedicated pages on bbc.com/womensfootball.

Information and updates on the competition will also be available on social media on BBC World Service’s Facebook and on Twitter via @bbcworldservice. Audiences can get involved by using the # hashtag #BBCWFOTY

Last year’s winner was Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and Arsenal)

End of press release by BBC

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